MOUNT CLEMENS, MI – A jury has found James VanCallis Jr. guilty of killing Armada teen April Millsap.
VanCallis was convicted of first-degree murder, felony murder, kidnapping and attempted criminal sexual assault.
Prosecutor Eric Smith posted to Facebook: “James VanCallis has been found guilty on all counts in the murder of April Millsap. Cases such as this reinforce my personal mission – seeing that justice is done, and that criminals who act against us are held accountable for their actions. ?#?ProsecutorSmith? ”
On August 19th, 2014, Michigan State Police indicated that a 32-year-old Wales Township man, James VanCallis Jr. was considered a person of interest in the death of a 14-year-old April Millsap.
Investigators executed a search warrant in July on a home located at 8744 Marquette Road in Wales Township, Michigan where they arrested James VanCallis Sr. and James VanCallis Jr. on drug charges.
At the time of her murder and subsequent autopsy, authorities were not releasing how 14-year-old April Millsap was killed. The only information that was released at that time was that there were no apparent signs of trauma, including gunshot or knife wounds. Disturbing new details were then revealed.
It was later learned that April did not have a chance whatsoever. She was attacked violently and quickly. April was beaten and strangled to death.
April Millsap was discovered in the evening on Thursday, July 24th, 2014 murdered near the Macomb Orchard Trail. She was found in a drainage ditch about 10 to 15 feet off of trail. The young girls body was located in the area of Fulton and Depot roads at 8:25 p.m.
According to police, the teenager went to walk her dog between 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. and did not return home. Her border collie, Penny, stayed with April until she was found by passing joggers.
The medical examiners report states that April died from Blunt Force Trauma to the head and Asphyxia due to neck compression.
VanCallis is scheduled to be sentenced on March 30, 2016.